Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in a memoir on East Los Angeles' gang culture. Fans of redemptive stories in which violence makes way for poetry. Those looking for an insightful coming-of-age story.
Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)
Time: somewhere in the distant future. Place: Planet Arrakis. The players: Young Paul Artredies and his family. And they’re in trouble. The issue: The fight over melange, a powerful and valuable spice, creates stress and drama in the interstellar world. Why should I care? As politics, ecology, and technology intersect,...
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
Diana Bishop has been in denial about her magical abilities: she is the last in a long line of witches, but wants – no, needs – to believe that she’s come as far as she has as a scholar because of her intellect, not because of her magical legacy. When...
Wool (Silo #1A)
In this, the first of Howey’s popular, post-apocalyptic series chronicling people confined to a giant underground silo due to toxic waste, dystopian worlds and compelling characters unite to survive in the best possible way. Perfect for: Addictive, dystopian fiction to die for. Readers looking to immerse themselves in a post-apocalyptic experience....
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
In this funny-yet-disturbing book, teen Craig Gilner has a nice family and home. He’s also been accepted into a prestigious high school; however, when his overwhelming need to succeed takes over his life, he experiences a paralyzing depression. After checking into a psychiatric hospital, Craig gains some perspective, and meets...
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow #1)
Ellie and her friends have just been camping in the Australian outback when they return to find their families gone and their country invaded. Enough said: addictive stuff.Perfect for: Readers looking for the next, awesome, YA dystopian series.Lovers of Aussie teens. They’re pretty badass.YA sci-fi lovers of all ages.
Quarantine: The Loners (Quarantine #1)
A massive explosion detonates McKinley High and all of the students have been infected with a virus that is fatal to adults: in this fast-paced book, David Thorpe must navigate a school without teachers, where violent gangs abound, and where his world is about to get a whole lot worse....
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Science Fiction meets humour in this beloved classic: when Arthur Dent wakes up to his house’s demolishment, he is whisked away by his alien friend, Ford Prefect. The two embark on an uproarious intergalactic journey to escape earth’s destruction only to encounter more bizarre characters along the way.Great for:• Most...
The Maze Runner
If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy, take a peek at this dystopian trilogy that follows Thomas and his fellow ‘Gladers’ as they try to escape from the maze that keeps them from freedom. Great for: • Reluctant readers (13 and up) • Readers of dystopian YA fiction • Those...
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
This brilliant graphic memoir tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s experience during WWII: the well-known graphic artist uses mice and cats – respectively – to represent the Jews and Nazis in this moving testament to his father and to the strength involved in surviving to tell the tale. Great for:...
Playing with Fire
Former NHL player, Theo Fleury, co-writes his autobiography chronicling his tumultuous experiences with drugs, alcohol and abuse in this gripping story about a skilled athlete dealing with personal demons. Great for: • Boys who hate to read • ‘Coach’ Shane Joseph • Readers interested in an athlete’s personal journey
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If you enjoyed Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, you will most definitely appreciate the book on which its based: Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held in a Mumbai prison due to his inexplicable success on India’s biggest game show. The book’s richer plot offers up different adventures.Great for:Readers of...
Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
When Conor Grennan decides to travel the world to impress girls, he can never imagine how much his life will change: while volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, he comes to understand the human trafficking problem in the country and its horrific consequences. On a mission to reunite these orphans...
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
In this compelling narrative, Changez talks to an unidentified American stranger about his life before he returned to his present state in his native Pakistan: he was on the high track after graduating from Princeton, after which he moved to New York City where he was hired up by a...
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Who can resist this wonderful story told from the perspective of Enzo, a race-car loving, History Channel-fanatic of a Golden Retriever?Great For: Dog LoversMost readers (male & female)Smile-while-reading-yet-not-cheesy types.
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself
Based on the popular blog, this fantastic read is perfect for anyone interested in psychology in small snippets: dig in to learn everything from the way advertising hooks us to the biases we live with (of which we are completely oblivious, of course). Perfect for: • Learning complicated lessons in...
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